I’m a writer and philosopher fascinated by coincidences: those strange, enigmatic experiences that are so often personally meaningful and yet push the boundaries of what we consider scientifically possible. My May 2019 book The Source and Significance of Coincidences presents a wealth of evidence concerning the statistical significance of coincidences, their range of probable causes, and how we can best interpret their implications for our lives. I also write about coincidences on my Psychology Today blog, Mysteries of Consciousness, and I’ve presented some of my most recent research at the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
On a more personal note, in May 2020 I published a memoir–The Supreme Victory of the Heart–about my first encounters with meaningful coincidence, which happened in the difficult months after my French fiancé told me about an old flame who had come back into his life. I have also written several personal essays on the topics of relationships, spirituality, and the environment, which have appeared in Salon and Orion, among other places. While I now live back in the rural area of eastern Virginia where I grew up, I spent almost all of my 20s elsewhere: getting a PhD in philosophy at New York University, falling in love in Paris, teaching philosophy at Brandeis University outside Boston, and living on a 200-year-old retired dairy farm in Brittany, France. All of these experiences have found their way into my writing, in one way or another.